UTeach Innovative Teaching Awards seek to promote progressive teaching methods such as Project-Based Instruction, Classroom-based making, and remote instruction as well as to acknowledge the outstanding work of our newest teachers. Below are the list of all winners, runners up, and finalists.
Helena Castle - Winner
Bringing Cells to Life
Students participate in Project Cell, a fictional contest where students create interactive educational models of cells and how they work.
Caroline Anderson - Runner Up
Thermochemistry Maker Mobiles
Inspired by kinetic sculptures of Alexander Calder, students create 3-D hanging mobiles to review concepts of Thermochemistry.
Daniel Nieto - Finalist
Students become familiar with various energy stores and explore different units of energy measurement.
Phillips Adebayo - Maker Winner
Periodic Trends in 3-D
Students make a personal artifact describing a periodic trend: effective nuclear charge, ionization, electronegativity, and atomic radii.
Thinh Dao - PBI Winner
Tattoo Apprentice 101
Students use Desmos to create their won personal tattoo designs.
Sydney Grissom - Finalist
Classification Maker Project
Students utilize their knowledge of the kingdoms to produce quilt squares representing the content.
Mao Leonard - Winner
Storytelling with Quadratic Transformations
Students selected a change that occurred in the lives of their favorite fictional characters or their own lives and describe a parabolic transformation that best represented this change.
Jessica Rodriguez - Winner
Body Systems Maker Unit
Students learn about the human body systems main functions and structures through hands on mini-maker projects.
Arami Rosales - Finalist
A Twist in the Marble Run - A Maker Unit
Students create a paper roller coaster through research, building, testing, and presenting their final product to the community.
Halle Herzog - Finalist
Personal Conic Pictures
Students create a picture using conics sections by hand and then in Desmos. Pictures are then printed and brought to life.
Ben Duong - Finalist
Making Exponentials and Logs Relevant
Students research and design an exhibit that explains exponentials or log functions.
Peri Hornquist - Maker Winner
Geometric Construction Project
Students create a design using different geometric constructions.
Callum Campbell - PBI Winner
Students analyze real world video to create diagrams showing how energy is stored, transferred, and/or conserved by a system.
Joey Ewbank - Winner
A five day unit where students create a piece of music using python code.
Angela Tsai - Finalist
Students act as a design team for Mitsubishi Electric to create a new smartphone.
Ayesha Qadri - Finalist
Let's Make Some Soap
An introduction to making where students made a bar of soap and designed their own soap dish using an online software editor.
Payton Crawley - Honorable Mention
Creative Expression in Math
Students use hand tools and digital tools to build unique items designed to illustrate mathematical concepts.
Adbulkarim Bora & Rikki Foster - Winners
Cars: A Crash Course on Momentum
Students build, analyze, and modify car designs for challenges of their choosing.
Amy Gross & Tricia Hughes - Finalists
Customizing the Customary System
Students create their own measurement system and convert between their unique system, U.S. Customary, and metric system.
Jonathan Broussard & Deena Telley - Winners
I Need a Drink; Water Quality & Hydrology in Chemistry
Students explore what it means to have clean water, how we know water is drinkable, & implications for Austin water.
Paige Arneson & Oren Connell - Winners
Students model natural selection and see how adaptations affect an organism's fitness.
Thomas Borowiec & Katye Howell - Finalists
A Gardening Project
ELL Students engage in a school garden to support language learning and science engagement.
Hannah Spock & Jessica Buxton - Finalists
Designing a Water Museum
Students working as independent museum professionals to design exhibits about water properties.
Andre Williams & Jennifer Lazare - Honorable Mention
What Affects the Rate of Reaction
Students determine how to use biotechnology to help produce biofuels more efficiently.